Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Not a good idea to read late into the night. It said horror book and it was a nightmare. Very well told nightmare.
Frank and Eudora moved into a house in Whitbrow that his aunt had left him. She also wrote a letter to sell the house dont ever go their.
Frank was a collage professor and had an affair with a student Eudora who was married to another professor.
Frank lost his job and Eudora just got her license to teach and had a hard time in  30's to get a job.
So Eudora got offered a teaching job in Whitbrow and Frank decided to write a book about an ancestor that owned a plantation across their that he was a slave owner and killed and torched slaves. His slaves ended up killing him. He also was a general in the civil war.
The town had a weird habit twice a month they met after church they called it the chase. They would get two pigs put garlands of flowers on them and ferry them across the river and chase them into the woods. Then take a collection plate for the farmer whose turn to donate the pigs. The town had been doing it for decades.
Times were tough all around and they voted and debated if they should quit it now or not and voted to end it.
Then something had attacked and killed a boy then ate him. Then they tracked his killer with dogs to the woods to a black man and they hanged him.
Then all the dogs that had tracked  where killed.
Then one of the Aldermans that voted to end the chase died.
Somebody had dug up all the dead and put them in the school house in the chairs. Some where the freshly dead but others where just bones. Written on the chalkboard was SEND THE PIGS.
Things started getting worse and worser. I can't say I enjoyed the book, but I had to keep reading to find out what was really going on. I prefer lighter books. So if you like to be scared this book should do the trick. I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review.
09/06/2011 PUB Penguin Group USA ACE

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